|Sun 8th Nov||Remembrance Sunday
|Sun 15th Nov||Common Worship Communion *||11.00am|
|Sun 22nd Nov||Common Worship Communion *||11.00am|
|Sun 29th Nov||Advent Communion *||11.00am|
|Sun 6th Dec||Christingle Service||3.00pm|
* Children's Church is always available at the 11.00 am service at Morley and at Smalley on the first Sunday of the month
Bonfire Night Remembrance Day Advent 1
And much more - including my cousin's 80th birthday
I view November as a somewhat sombre month of long dark nights, and it reminds of the well known hymn with its words "fast falls the eventide: the darkness deepens." Of course I refer to the hymn well loved by church goers and football fans alike 'Abide with me'.
This hymn was written by the Scottish clergyman Henry Francis Lyte in 1847 and is usually sung to the tune 'eventide' by William Henry Mong. It is a strong hymn of faith trusting in God in times of our own personal darkness. "Abide with me fast falls the eventide the darkness deepens, Lord with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee. Help of the helpless, Lord Jesus, abide with me."
In contrast to the shock of the dark nights of November, Advent 1 at the end of the month, Sunday 29th, fills me with excitement and anticipation of the coming of Christ the King and the Christmas celebration of his birth.
In the meantime as the months pass let us remember that time is like a river....... We can't touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass by us again.
So let us enjoy every moment of life ........
One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that our presence and our absence both mean something to someone. Our value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see our worth. Let us slow down and enjoy the journey right now. Take time for the people in our lives - they won't always be here. In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take, relationship's we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make. Some day everything will make sense...so for now let us laugh at the confusion, smile through the darkness of November and keep reminding ourselves that Jesus is with us this and every month of the year.
I need your presence every passing hour;
What but your grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who but yourself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine,
O Lord abide with me.
With love and prayers Mary Haywood - Lay Minister.